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  • Illegal fishing drives early shutdown of elver fishery

    Illegal fishing drives early shutdown of elver fishery

    AUGUSTA — The Department of Marine Resources announced Wednesday afternoon that it will shut down the elver fishery two weeks early “because of illegal sales which jeopardize the department’s ability to manage the fishery.” The department will use its emergency rulemaking authority to close the season. The elver fishing season will close at 6 a.m.

  • Tammy Mote to return as deputy city manager

    Tammy Mote to return as deputy city manager

    ELLSWORTH — Tammy Mote will return to City Hall as deputy city manager, City Manager David Cole announced at a City Council meeting on Monday evening. Mote left her post as Ellsworth’s finance director and deputy city manager in February to take a job with First National Bank. Mote will receive a salary of $85,000

  • Hancock County Jail log May 15-17

    Hancock County Jail log May 15-17

    The following were arrested or booked into Hancock County Jail between May 15 and 17: Justin A. Horton, 31, Blue Hill, probation revocation. Brittany R. Wood, 28, Eddington, back for court. Kevin M. Guptill, 33, Eastbrook, probation revocation, unlawful drug possession, possession of a revoked license. Matthew V. Leise, 40, Sullivan, probation violation. William D.

  • City Council OKs $21-million for city schools

    City Council OKs $21-million for city schools

    ELLSWORTH — The City Council on Monday unanimously approved the Ellsworth School Department’s $21.37-million budget for the 2018-19 school year. The overall budget, including adult education, is up 3.43 percent over this year’s, or $708,099. Taxpayers in Ellsworth will be asked for 2.45 percent more than in 2017, or $272,711, to fund the local share

  • Darlene Springer, city’s historian, dies at 64

    Darlene Springer, city’s historian, dies at 64

    ELLSWORTH — Darlene Springer, 64, the city’s go-to local historian, died Monday at home. Springer was known for her encyclopedic knowledge of the individuals, businesses and buildings that underlay the story of Ellsworth. “We’ve lost a ton of knowledge of Ellsworth,” City Council Chairman Marc Blanchette lamented. “Her grasp of Ellsworth history was legendary.” Councilor

  • New principal at Ellsworth K-8 school announced

    New principal at Ellsworth K-8 school announced

    ELLSWORTH — Cheers went up at a meeting of the Ellsworth School Board on Tuesday evening after Superintendent Dan Higgins announced Erica Gabbianelli as the new principal of the Ellsworth Middle School. Gabbianelli will succeed Jim Newett, who is retiring in June after serving in the position for 29 years. Gabbianelli “impressed the interview committee

  • New emergency call answering system now in place

    New emergency call answering system now in place

    ELLSWORTH — Back in the day if your house caught on fire you could call for help, give a dispatcher your address and hang up. But now, dispatchers need details from callers, in part so those responding to your emergency know best how to help. On May 15, the Hancock County Regional Communications Center began

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of May 24

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of May 24

    ELLSWORTH —  “No threats were made towards the school” in a text message “shooting threat” between several students at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School, Police Chief Glenn Moshier said. Four students from the school told police that another student had “threatened to shoot them” via text, according to a report of the incident made on May 18.

  • Children removed from home due to alleged abuse of boy

    Children removed from home due to alleged abuse of boy

    ELLSWORTH — Three children have been removed from a residence on State Street following allegations of abuse. Ellsworth police visited the home after receiving a referral from the District Attorney’s Office alleging physical abuse of the oldest child, a 12-year-old boy. According to a May 18 police report, the boy’s mother had “thrown things and

  • Ellsworth native joins Whole Oceans staff

    Ellsworth native joins Whole Oceans staff

    BUCKSPORT — Ellsworth native Jennifer Fortier has been hired to serve as outreach and development associate for Whole Oceans, a company that plans to use a state-of-the-art recirculating aquaculture system to raise Atlantic salmon on the site of the former Verso mill. Whole Oceans executives have said the company intends to start construction on the